Depression: Overview for Clinicians

From Depression to Vitality

Non-pharmaceutical therapies that have been found to be beneficial for depression:

  • Exercise and movement
  • Counseling, positive psychology
  • St. John's Wort 300 mg TID or 450 mg BID
  • SAMe 200 mg BID, Titrate up to 800 mg BID
  • Omega-3 Essential fatty acids with an EPA:DHA ratio of 7:1
  • Regular exposure to sunlight

Preventing a Recurrence/Promoting Vitality:

  • Maintain exercise and movement as a regular aspect of one's lifestyle
  • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (cold-water fish, vegetables, nuts, ground flax seed)
  • Eat multi-colored whole foods
  • Eat foods rich in B-vitamins (nuts, seeds, vegetables, brewer's yeast)
  • Learn to recognize emotions, where they come from and how to change perceptions towards more positive feelings
  • Learn journaling, mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, the process of forgiveness

Please see the downloads section at the right for more detailed clinician and patient information.

Disclaimer: This information is for general education. Please work with your health care practitioner to use it in the best way possible to promote your health and happiness.